United States Appeals Court Will Look At Banned Books Law in Texas

(VitalNews.org) – A New Orleans federal appeals court is taking a look at the order they put on Texas to keep eight books on the shelves of libraries that include subjects like gender, sex, racism, and identity. Llano officials have removed seventeen books from their shelves after complaints had surfaced.

Seven different patrons claimed that these books were removed illegally in a lawsuit that was taken out against officials, and this is when U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman said that these books must be returned to the shelves.

Library patrons have argued that removing the books was illegal and was based on government viewpoints, but some county officials have said that they do have some authority over which books are allowed on the shelves and which aren’t. At the beginning of June, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was split three ways on the case, which was the decision that brought eight of these books back to the shelves.

This decision could completely change as seventeen of the members in court allowed for on a new hearing for Llano County officials. They didn’t state reasons as to why a new hearing was taking place or when it was going to take place.

During his ruling last year, Pitman said that the library plaintiffs proved that Llano officials were “driven by their antipathy to the ideas in the banned books.” Two of the books that were discussed were “They Called Themselves the K.K.K: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group,” by Susan Campbell Bartoletti and “It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex and Sexual Health,” by Robie Harris.

Llano County officials have been excited about the decision to give them a new hearing as they have said there were numerous mistakes in the hearing at the beginning of June.

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